Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.

Several residents this week asked the La Cañada Flintridge City Council for help regarding a number of issues involving the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, in which trucks are set to roll this Monday, May 13.
A key question raised at the council’s meeting on Tuesday night was answered in short order. It was announced toward the end of the session that Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis would be the city’s contact person for the Los Angeles County project. Continue reading “Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting”

City to Explore Sales Tax Boost Worth $2.5 Million

La Cañada Flintridge officials decided to appropriate $30,000 for a consultant to consider placing on the ballot a local sales tax measure that could raise approximately $2.5 million each year for the city.
The council voted 5-0 to engage “research survey consultant services” at a joint special meeting on budget matters Tuesday at City Hall.
Councilman Michael Davitt said an ad hoc committee on which he serves with Councilwoman Terry Walker believes the community should have an opportunity to provide more input.
“The revenue was so significant,” Davitt said. “The money stays here. To me, that’s the driver.” Continue reading “City to Explore Sales Tax Boost Worth $2.5 Million”

New Mayor Pieroni Touts Public Safety at Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK At a La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting this week, Terry Walker stepped down as mayor and Leonard Pieroni assumed the office. Walker continues as a councilwoman.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
At a La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting this week, Terry Walker stepped down as mayor and Leonard Pieroni assumed the office. Walker continues as a councilwoman.

Leonard Pieroni pointed to public safety as his top priority after being selected as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge in a reorganization of the City Council this week.
“We experienced an uptick in burglaries in the past year,” Pieroni said at the council’s meeting on Tuesday. “I think it’s imperative that we continue the close working relationship with our local sheriff and the [Crescenta Valley] station and maintain open communications with them so they can catch the bad guys and keep our community safe. I know they’re working on that a lot more than you probably see out in the streets.”
Pieroni took the reins from outgoing Mayor Terry Walker at the meeting.
Councilman Greg Brown, who was out of the country, was chosen mayor pro tem by his colleagues. Continue reading “New Mayor Pieroni Touts Public Safety at Meeting”

Appeals to Protect Oak Fail but Revive Preservation Discussion

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK A city-protected coast live oak tree located at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals were filed. The appeals were denied at a Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A city-protected coast live oak tree located at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals were filed. The appeals were denied at a Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Two appeals to stop the removal of a large tree at 650 Georgian Road were denied at a recent La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission meeting that included a larger discussion about what can be done in the future to save city-protected coast live oaks.
Planning Commission Chair Rick Gunter said after the 4-0 vote last Thursday that those who want to appeal the decision further had 15 days in which to bring the matter before the City Council. Commissioner Mike Hazen was absent. Continue reading “Appeals to Protect Oak Fail but Revive Preservation Discussion”

City Backs Bikeway, Gets Encouraging News on Sound Walls

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved a $954,000 allocation of Measure M funding for a Foothill Boulevard Link Bikeway and Pedestrian Greenbelt Project contingent on Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority funding for sound walls.
The unanimous decision on the bikeway project was made Tuesday night on the condition that Metro would approve $3.712 million in Measure M funds — derived from a half-cent sales tax — and an additional $3.288 million in county funding that state Sen. Anthony Portantino said could be available for construction of 210 Freeway sound walls, a topic of much interest to city residents. Continue reading “City Backs Bikeway, Gets Encouraging News on Sound Walls”

Sound Wall Money Is on Council Members’ Minds

Declining temporarily to take up the issue of the location of proposed 210 Freeway sound walls, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council decided to request that $3.7 million in Measure R funds be programmed for construction of the walls.
Mayor Terry Walker, addressing three residents who spoke at a City Council meeting Tuesday, said she needed to speak with people in other neighborhoods and gather information to help make a decision as to where the sound walls should go.
“I hate to see us get hung up on which segments,” Walker said.
The council’s recommendation is for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make the funds an agenda item at a board meeting and approve the request, said Division Manager Ann Wilson.
“What we’re asking for is to program all our Measure R money,” Wilson told The Outlook.
Continue reading “Sound Wall Money Is on Council Members’ Minds”